With Friends Like That…

In today’s New York Times Magazine is an article, by respected Mideast hand Dexter Filkins, about the realities “on the ground” in the tribal areas of Pakistan — a region that belongs, in any realistic sense, not to Pakistan at all, but to the brutal and illiterate warlords of the Taliban. Filkins makes the case that any notion that Pakistan is now, or ever was, a useful ally against Islamist extremism in this area is nothing more than a snare and a delusion, and a costly one at that.

Pakistan is in a very precarious and unstable condition politically at the moment, and besides being a safe haven for the most virulent Islamic extremism, possesses a modest nuclear arsenal. There is much to be worried about.

Read the article here.

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One Comment

  1. JK says

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26642415/

    Posted September 10, 2008 at 3:57 pm | Permalink